beginning of summer

This is the beginning of summer. How can I tell?

* Ants are back. Hello, old friends. I hate you.

* Two flowers on the cosmos, which, by the way, is an incredibly resilient plant, at least here, and keeps reseeding itself all over the garden. I don’t have the heart to weed them–after all, they are so beautiful–so they just grow everywhere. In with the tomatoes, along the lettuce row, in the beans.

* Stinky laundry if you leave it in the washer for even a few hours before drying it. Ew.

* Kids lying around, looking wilty and sweating (though not today–we’re having a nice little cool snap and relishing every minute).

* The smell of sunscreen and bug spray. And the annual removal of the first ticks, which was the catalyst for remembering to buy the bug spray.

* My parents coming to visit. They always seem to come visit in the summer (I guess because tax season is over) and Mom spends the whole time trying to convince her hair not to curl up.

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